This story was originally published by The Star-Herald in December 2016.

By Nancy Green

Zahria Woodard has been named Youth of the Year at the Oprah Winfrey  Boys and Girls Club and will compete with representatives from other clubs for the state title.

The 18-year-old senior at Kosciusko High School is the daughter of Randy and Alicia Fuller.

Zahria has been associated with the Kosciusko club since she was five. In her presentation for the state level of competition she said she will tell of her longtime association with the Boys and Girls Club where she is currently on the junior staff. She will tell of the benefits which have helped her to maintain her A and B  scholastic average and dealing with struggles in life.

At KHS she is a member of the Color Guard in the Big Red Marching Band and the chorus. She also serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council.

At Christian Liberty M.B. Church she sings in the choir and is on the Praise Team. She serves as secretary of the youth division of the National Council of Negro Women.

As Youth of the Year, she has a choice of receiving a laptop or an ipad. Winner of the state title will be awarded a scholarship.

She plans to attend Mississippi State University to major in physical therapy.